Incident 308: Atlas Robot Fell off Stage at Conference

Description: Boston Dynamics’s autonomous robot Atlas allegedly caught its foot on a stage light, resulting in a fall off the stage at the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders conference.


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Alleged: Boston Dynamics developed and deployed an AI system, which harmed none.

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Boston Dynamics' Atlas Falls Over After Demo at the Congress of Future Scientists and Technologists · 2017

Robotics developer Boston Dynamics debuted it's humanoid Atlas in a demo with another robot, Spot. At the end of the demo, Atlas fell walking off the stage to produce an epic fail!

Watch ATLAS the Robot Autonomously Fall Off a Stage · 2017

ATLAS is an incredible machine. There’s no way around that. First unveiled in 2013, the humanoid robot can now walk around autonomously, move boxes around, and implicitly threaten to destroy humanity. This level of sophistication is exactly…


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